Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?
Sep 1, 2021 at 4:15 PM Post #36,871 of 42,187

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Samsung via eBay has Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Wireless Headset (Certified Refurbished) on sale for $59.50 when you apply promo code SAVE15LABORDAY (apply in cart). Shipping is free. Both Mystic bronze and white are available. A 2 year Allstate comprehensive warranty is also included with a purchase.
Thanks for the tip. Ordered a black one (a few were also available) since I already have the white. Use these everyday for calls.
 
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When you refer to less bulky?. I see B&O as the travel choice, the Gemini case is just to big.
The app on B&O also is an upgrade.
Just some additional thoughts, I am keeping both as I feel signature are different
I agree with you that the B&O app and smaller, more premium case are better than that of the Geminis. I just found the actual earbuds to be less bulky in the case of the Geminis.
 
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Are there any vendors making CIEM tips for popular TWS IEMs? I’d think the ideal setup would be to have a professional impression made and digitized and then a vendor that kept it on file and could make tips to clamp on whatever TWS buds come along. They’d have to careful not to block any mics and I supposed fitting in the charging case could be annoying unless they were designed to detach. Is there anything like this on the market?
 
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Thanks for the tips!
looking forward to see your eq and will give it a try.
The call quality is on regular calls, not on Zoom.
Yes, for volume goes down by itself.
I thought I was going crazy so luckily you mentioned that. On 3 different occasions and I took them out of the case and the moment the music started the volume decreased by itself. I cancelled the touch controls for now through the app to see if it makes any difference.
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After the July firmware update, I brought down the treble/mids peaks a bit. CA altered the signature quite a bit between January and July for the better.

I have the ePro large now so I expect to change the equalizer over the next few days. Not sure yet.

I'm not too happy about the volume issue, but I must live with it. I'm waiting until next summer to upgrade -- hopefully to something from the next generation. This is good enough until then, especially for $150. Upgrade that would be somewhat significant would be the Gemini, but that is more than double the price for the same generation. I would rather wait for something more compelling from the next generation.
 
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Samsung via eBay has Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Wireless Headset (Certified Refurbished) on sale for $59.50 when you apply promo code SAVE15LABORDAY (apply in cart). Shipping is free. Both Mystic bronze and white are available. A 2 year Allstate comprehensive warranty is also included with a purchase.
Thanks. Got black Galaxy Buds + (not the Live) for $63 shipped. Do I need them? Of course not. Have the Status Between Pro, CA melomania 1+ and UE Fit arriving soon. But with discounts and Indiegogo wound up paying about $450 for all 4 pair. Not to shabby. Variety is good!
 
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After the July firmware update, I brought down the treble/mids peaks a bit. CA altered the signature quite a bit between January and July for the better.

I have the ePro large now so I expect to change the equalizer over the next few days. Not sure yet.

I'm not too happy about the volume issue, but I must live with it. I'm waiting until next summer to upgrade -- hopefully to something from the next generation. This is good enough until then, especially for $150. Upgrade that would be somewhat significant would be the Gemini, but that is more than double the price for the same generation. I would rather wait for something more compelling from the next generation.
Thanks man, I appreciate that.
I sure hope they fix those hiccups.
Maybe I'm expecting a bit too much from the MT but was hoping the sound quality will amaze me and while the sound is good, I have 5 pairs of TWS in front of me and I'm not reaching out to the MT for whatever reasons.
 
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Just a quick comment about the Devialet. I have owned the B&W I7, and the Sony XM3s and 4. I had been using the AirPod pros for calls and audiobooks due to the superior ANC and solid user experience. Now, the Devialets have replaced the Airpods as my always carry IEMs. IMHO, the sound is comparable to the i7s, significantly better to me than the Sonys, and the phone calls and connectivity are very very good. I am not a bass head, but the depth and timber of the bass of the Devialets is very impressive. The Sonys were technically excellent, but the fit and sound quality tipped the balance against keeping them. I just had too many connectivity/dropping issues with the i7s.
Hear a lot about Gemini and i7. It's so hard. I have galaxy buds pro (ok) good for movies/gaming on Samsung. Noble Falcon Pro (technically very good), and Xm4 (very musical). For me and my hearing I put on the Falcon Pro, and always end up switching back to the Sony because they are so much smoother and more to my liking. Don't want to spend another $400 on a tws, but I'm curious about it and Gemini, but I already have a $200 (buds pro) and a $320 (Falcon pro) that I don't use regularly
 
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I'm curious too, same thoughts, I returned Pi7 because xm4 were smoother and more complete. Though I'm not going to try anything else unless it's less bulky, have hires codecs and bigger drivers, full touch controls and an easy to access pause/ambient-mode function.
 
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I'm curious too, same thoughts, I returned Pi7 because xm4 were smoother and more complete. Though I'm not going to try anything else unless it's less bulky, have hires codecs and bigger drivers, full touch controls and an easy to access pause/ambient-mode function.
Ok....So you actually prefer the smooth sound of the Sony? See, a lot of people keep saying Sony lacks detail, but I disagree. It's a smooth more rolled off upper register, but it's still there. Reminds me of their house sound. I had zx507 DAP. Smooth overall sound which I liked, but wanted something more powerful. Anyway, xm4 is just soothing to my ears. I'm now using xelastec tips, and I just nestle in at work, or on the street, and enjoy many different genres.
 
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So I was finally able to do a hard running session with the Galaxy Buds Live and it was a...bust ! Not only do they start moving around too much when the sweat builds up but where they really "fall apart" is that when you readjust them there's a 99% chance to trigger a "tap" so the music stops. The Sabbat X12s move a bit too when used without the foams but at least they can be readjusted without stopping the music. So they're going back.

On the other hand I finally got an Aftershokz "bone-conduction" headset (mostly because I'm doing more riding now), the "cheap" OpenMove and while the SQ is obviously not their focus (not as bad as I thought it would be though) they serve their purpose and are even better at not blocking outside noise as "earbud" designs, no surprise there.

I'm intrigued by the upgraded L2Ps, I still use mine a lot for "critical" listening. I wonder if they finally managed to get rid of the hiss that remained even on the latest (v3 ?) "first" version.
 
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when you readjust them there's a 99% chance to trigger a "tap" so the music stops.

it's so much a problem to me too that i ended up turning the touch control off entirely.
 
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Yes I suppose that would be an option but not terribly convenient and still the problem of slipping with the sweat. I'll go back to the X12 and remove the foam sleeves for charging (or go looking for the rubber ones as they're probably stronger for on/off action).
 

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